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My Dad & Me

My dad used to show me how to bring down an opponent with a Judo move, we used to spend hours in the garage fixing a car or boat motor. It felt like heaven. Those were the times when I felt most complete as a boy. Then the divorce happened, I was 14 years old and decided to move with my mom from Africa where we were living at the…

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How to make a Mom smile when she’s sad?

As a kid growing up, I didn’t get to see my mom that often because she was either working late or I was at swimming or soccer practice.  I remember seeing the joy on her face when she would be at one of my sporting events, whether it was watching me play and chatting with other parents. Remembering the times we got to spend together were always great. It seemed…

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Sometimes, I feel like I can’t do anything right!

I have always felt that I was a bright person and was able to learn or do anything. However, as I started to get older, I began to doubt and even question myself. Maybe it was because my father was not in my life or the lack of reassurance from my mom or peers. I can think of countless times, I felt good when I did well in sports, got A’s in class, or started my own business, and there was no one to validate my effort. As time passed, I started to think I could’ve done better and would beat myself up and constantly question if I was really good enough due to the lack of affirmation. I would hear my friends parents give them high praise for their…

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